Radon Inspections in Danville, IL
Radon Inspections in Danville IL
Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the decay of uranium and radium in the ground. It is the leading cause of cancer to non-smokers and the second leading cause for smokers. In addition, annually, more lung cancer deaths from radon gas exposure happen than liver cancer, brain cancer, stomach cancer, melanoma cancer, oral cancer, gallbladder cancer, and bone cancer. Furthermore, to put into perspective the true dangers of radon, more people die from lung cancer caused by radon than the people who die from drunk driving, falls in the home, drowning, or home fires. Therefore, radon inspections in Danville IL are necessary.
Fortunately, Callaway and Associates, Inc. services Danville IL with radon inspections for homes, buildings, schools, daycare centers, and other commercial establishments. With our services, homeowners and building owners can have accurate measurements of the radon levels in their houses and structures, ensuring a safe breathing environment for their occupants. As radon is an invisible, odorless, and tasteless gas, there is no way to detect it without the use of testing devices. There may be do-it-yourself kits available in the market, but we recommend the services of our professionals, as they know how to conduct the tests correctly and interpret and analyze the results so that proper recommendations can be given in the case of elevated levels.
How Can You Get Lung Cancer from Radon?
As radon moves from the soil and rock in the ground and seeps through small cracks and holes in the foundation of the home, it attaches to particles in the air, such as dust, and are breathed in by people and pets. As radon gas decays particles called alpha particles are emitted. It only takes one alpha particle to damage the DNA in one of the cells in the lungs. If the damaged cell survives and is unable repair itself, the entire tissue can be damaged, and it can develop into lung cancer. Heavy metals such as lead and polonium remain in the lungs and continue to decay. Furthermore, the effects are not immediate, so those who inhale the gas will have no immediate symptoms such as nausea or headaches to warn them about the intake of the dangerous gas.
No Such Thing as a "Safe Level"
It is important to note that because radon in itself is a dangerous radioactive substance, any amount of it is considered harmful. There is no such thing as a safe level of radon gas. In fact, the current average radon level in homes in Illinois is 4.4 pCi/L. A total of 40% of the homes in Illinois that are tested for radon by measurement professionals were found to have radon levels of 4.0 pCi/L or more. Also, the national indoor average radon level is 1.3 pCi/L. At a radon level of 4.0 pCi/L, 7 people out of 1000 non-smokers could get lung cancer. For smokers, this figure would be higher, at a rate of 62 people out of every 1000. Higher exposure to radon gas means a higher risk of getting lung cancer.
Furthermore, data show that the average outdoor radon level is 0.4 pCi/L. However, in uranium mines, the radon level is around 70.0 pCi/L. That is because uranium decays into radium and then into radon gas, and the areas of the U.S. with high potential for radon correlate with the location of coal veins. These areas are shown on the EPA Map of Radon Zones. About half of Illinois is in Zone 1 for a high potential for radon, and Vermilion County, where Danville is located, is found in this zone. Much of the rest of Illinois is in the medium potential for radon, according to new information from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
The Need for Radon Inspections in Danville IL
The abovementioned information indicate the urgent need for radon inspections in different Danville IL buildings such as homes, schools, stores and others commercial establishments, daycare centers, healthcare facilities, and other building types. Therefore, our professionals at Callaway and Associates, Inc. take pride in our work, as we use the best practices in the industry and top-of-the-line equipment for our radon inspection services. Through our reliable radon inspection services, home and building owners can have peace of mind knowing that only accurate testing devices make their way to their rooms for home testing.
For example, we perform residential and commercial radon testing and radon inspection services using Sun Nuclear Continuous Radon Monitors (CRM) and or Rad Elec Electret Ion Chambers (E-Perms). Sun Nuclear continuous radon monitors take multiple readings per hour for up to 999 hours. They are equipped with tamper detection sensors to identify any attempts to tamper with testing. False accusations of human interference with testing are thus avoided. These units eliminate the low and high bias associated with passive devices such as the do-it-yourself kits found in hardware and home improvement stores. E-Perms in their various configurations can perform tests from 48 hours up to a year. Test results are delivered within 24 hours of the test completion.
Trust Callaway and Associates, Inc. today for radon inspections in Danville IL. Get in touch with us for more information about our services.